#1
Does anybody have some tips for cleaning up the tone when playing in Drop C? ( full step down )

I love the sound of Drop C but whenever I'm riffing heavy on the bass strings it sounds too muddy. I'm using a Fender Strat w/ Lace Sensors > Metal Muff Top Boost > Peavey Classic 30 if that helps....

thanks
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#2
Back off your bass a little. The drop tuning is adding to the low end, so you don't necessarily need as much eq'd in from your amp.
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#4
Higher gauge strings is one thing.

EDIT:
leave mid at 10 o'clock or less

BS. You don't have to scoop your mids the whole time.
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#5
Yeah either EQ it like the above states or maybe change to a thicker gauge of stings, i've always found it more responsive when playing in down tuning like that
#6
I play in C# and i've always found that preventing muddy tone when tuned down almost always comes down to string tension. If you're using light weight strings such as 9's and you try to go down a step or so, the loose tension causes horrible tone. Whenever I play in D (full step down) I usually use 10-48 gauge strings, but if you like a slightly tighter feel id use 11-50 or so.
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#7
Quote by eatfresh1736
You should definitely use Drop tuning strings. Cleartone and DR make good ones. Try backing off on the bass dial, leave mid at 10 o'clock or less, and boost your treble a little.


Unforunate, I refuse to play anything other than Elixers for so many different reasons. (am already using 11's) As far as I know, they don't make anything comparable. I'll try EQ'ing to the desired tone though, thanks for the suggestions guys.
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Quote by eatfresh1736
You should definitely use Drop tuning strings. Cleartone and DR make good ones. Try backing off on the bass dial, leave mid at 10 o'clock or less, and boost your treble a little.

This too. DR DDT's are solid.
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#11
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This too. DR DDT's are solid.


What is it that makes drop-tuning strings more suited for drop tunings than say, a regular set of 11's
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#12
Your best bet would probably be too switch to their 10-52s. This would give you a little more tension for your low E which is being tuned down the most. I think if you did that with a proper setup, tweaked your eq and dialed back your distortion a little (if applicable) you should be fine.
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#13
Thicker strings and more mids. That's really it.
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#14
For Drop C I'd get a pack of 11-54 or something similar.
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